A dog that was let out by his owner, a sheriff’s deputy, to chase foxes was picked up by a PETA worker who now faces a felony theft charge.
The woman found and picked up the fox hound while working for Southampton County for Norfolk’s PETA. Charges were dropped against another PETA worker in the van. A motorist that witnessed the incident called the deputy sheriff, and he found the van and discovered his own hound in the back of the vehicle.
More on the case after the jump.
Cooke [the deputy sheriff] testified that he had let out several of his hounds the night before to chase foxes, and one failed to return. The dog wore a collar bearing Cooke’s name and phone number. Benoit’s lawyer said she planned to call the office so PETA could reach Cooke instead of trying to do so herself.
While General District Judge Robert B. Edwards said he had no doubt that Benoit believed she was doing the right thing, “the right thing in this case was a felony.”
The PETA worker said that she thought the dog was a stray and was trying to return him to his owner.
The case will be heard in Circuit Court.